The Walking Dead - Season 4, Episode 4: “Indifference” TV Episode Review
Written by Steve Pattee and TGM
Directed by Tricia Bock
Written by Matt Negrete
2013, Rated TV-14
Episode premiered on November 3rd, 2013
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Bob Stookey
Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
WARNING: Spoilers contained within!
In Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, viewers were treated to a nice break with a change of scenery as we saw some fresh locations from the prison grounds. Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob continue on their quest to obtain the medicine from the animal hospital and Rick and Carol go on their own journey in search of much needed food and supplies. And, as the case with this hit zombie show, things are never quite that easy in this universe, and the skin eaters are but only one small part of the characters’ problems.
Steve: Wow, wow, wow! As I was watching and taking notes last night for this recap, I found myself not writing much down as I usually do because the episode was rather bland and mediocre, then BOOM! Rick kicks Carol out of the group! I will freely admit that I in no way, shape, or form saw that one coming.
Steve: I know you won’t believe me when I say this, but I really have been trying to like Rick. I don’t want to be this guy kicking dead horse Rick every week, but this is by far one of the dumbest decisions he’s had. Why is he so scared of having someone capable of making the hard choices part of the group? And what even gives him the right to make any group decisions on his own at this point? I know he did it under the guise of protecting his children, but that’s bullshit. It’s quite clear by now that Rick fears anyone who has one iota of the leadership qualities that he so clearly lacks, and I hate him. I hate him so much.
TGM: I must regretfully agree with you. I’ve been championing Team Rick forever, but now I find him just as useless as you always have. What a colossal hypocrite Rick is. With his stupid little test to see if someone is “worthy” of joining the group while simultaneously excommunicating its strongest member. And why? Because poor Ricky can’t keep a secret. How about you just shut your goddamned piehole Rick? How about you remember all of the people not named Shane that you directly and/or indirectly dealt a death blow? How about Mr. Backpack Hitchhiker, remember him? What makes that any different than what Carol did? Oh wait, the difference is, that Carol’s decision actually HELPED the group. This is what Carol should have said when Rick bum rushed her out of Dodge: “Rick, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Glenn? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Tyreese’s girl, and you curse the decision. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That their death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very safety that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.”
Steve: Hahaha. So true. Every bit. I’m glad you mentioned the stupid “Three Questions” test. That is about the dumbest thing ever. If you want to survive, your chances are better in a pack, and if you want to be in Rick’s pack, you have to...you know what, I don’t even know. What is his number for zombies killed? “Oh, sorry, you killed 17 zombies, and the minimum is 20.” And what’s with the “How many people have you killed?” question? Does he actually think that a sociopath is going to answer that truthfully? I’ve already forgotten the third question. It’s no doubt something stupid. Are the writers intentionally making Rick look like an idiot? They have to be.
Steve: So here’s what I was thinking. You know that The Walking Dead spinoff news? Do you think Carol could be heading over to that series? If not, I really hope we haven’t seen the last of her. I truly want her to put some pain down on Rick. Maybe she’ll hook up with The Governor. That would be fantastic.
TGM: While I like the idea of Carol being spun off into her own series, I still want her on the original show dammit! I also doubt that they will place the spinoff in the same part of the country. I want to see zombies in the snow dammit! I don’t think that will be the end of the road for Carol. I just hope they don’t end up hooking her up with The Governor, whenever he shows his stupid face again. Fanboys be damned, but if I had to choose between Carol or wimpy, morose, suicidal Tyrese, I choose Carol every damned time. Tyrese, just kill yourself already OK, because your stupid bullshit is going to get someone else killed.
Steve: I agree. I’m done with Tyrese. I’m tired of defending him. I’m finished with trying to explain what a badass he is in the comics. Forget it. I can’t do it anymore. He’s just annoying at this point. I did like, however, Michonne calling his dumb ass out. It looked like he was trying to intimidate her into silence on some level, and she had no part of it and would clearly not back down by his subtle threats. She’s fearless, man.
Related to that, how about Daryl stepping up Bob when he found out that the man was hoarding some alcohol. We all always knew Daryl was a man not to be reckoned with, but holy cow did he expand his chest on Sunday. I can now see why he makes the ladies moist. I’m not going to lie, I wanted to head to my kitchen and empty all of my alcohol out, lest he find out I had some.
TGM: Clearly my continued love of this show is tied into the future of Daryl Dixon. For a split-second there I thought he was going to push Bob backwards off the platform and into the crowd of walkers. It was a great scene, that shows that Daryl “gets it”. He’s the only one that has a truly rational way of dealing with their new reality, he perfectly straddles that fine line with what is good for the individual, and what is good for the group.
Steve: Good point. He clearly pays attention to the people at the compound. He has this tough guy exterior, but he will do right for the group. His threat to Bob made that much perfectly clear.
TGM: Now, not to be nitpicky, but the scene leading up to that one drove me nuts. You drive all that way, risking life and limb, to get some medical supplies. You find an entire wall sized cabinet full of medicine and you ONLY take the “penicillins” because that’s what your group needs RIGHT NOW. Never mind thinking outside of the box, and taking EVERY DAMNED BOTTLE OF EVERYTHING, just in the wee chance that you will need it down the road. Everyone’s backpack appeared to be like 30% full. Bob’s of course is only full of a big bottle of sour mash.
Steve: Yeah, that kind of bugged me too, but I just wrote it off that the remaining items were more or less animal-only medicine. I was bothered more by the fact that they didn’t park right up on the building, instead leaving their car somewhere else and walking to it. And what did Bob mean by, “They’re all infected! If we get blood on us we’ll get sick too!” Does he know something we don’t?
Steve: What really bothered me the most, though, is there was no mention of the voice on the radio. At all. You would have thought that every moment spent in the car would be looking for that station again, but no. It’s like it didn’t even happen. I can easily suspend disbelief when watching this show, but that is completely unrealistic. They crashed their car last episode trying to tune in this mystery voice, and then they act like it never happened at all. What the hell.
TGM: Yeah, I was a bit confused about Bob’s sudden epiphany and subsequent declaration about the infected zombies. How would anyone even know that? I guess “infected zombies” look extra sickly. And to be honest, I completely forgot about the voice on the radio… and evidently so did everyone else.
Steve: Not to be punny, but the title of this episode is pretty appropriate. Outside of the (admittedly shocking) kicking out of Carol, I was indifferent to the rest. I’m looking forward to when Daryl finds out about Carol. The writers better not bitch out and let our favorite group member cave in Rick’s face.
TGM: I doubt that will happen. I could, however, see Carol somehow saving the group, including Tyrese’s lame ass, which would make everything A-OK again. I can see an ending montage with them all covered in zombie blood laughing and jumping into the air, then freeze frame, and roll credits.
And while I am still enjoying the show and would never categorize any of the season four episodes as “bad”, something just feels “off” to me. Maybe I’m growing a bit tired of the overall concept? I’m just not sure, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Indifference indeed.
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